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Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk someone.

It has been defined as the use of information and communications technology, particularly the Internet, by an individual or group of individuals, to harass another individual, group of individuals, or organization. The behavior includes false accusations, monitoring, the transmission of threats, identity theft, damage to data or equipment, the solicitation of minors for sexual purposes, and gathering information for harassment purposes. The harassment must be such that a reasonable person, in possession of the same information, would regard it as sufficient to cause another reasonable person distress.[1]

1 Definitions
2 Behaviors
3 Cyberstalking legislation
3.1 In the United States
3.2 In other countries
4 See also
5 Notes
6 Further reading
7 External links

Further information: Stalking
Stalking is a continuous process, consisting of a series of actions, each of which may be entirely legal in itself. Lambèr Royakkers writes that:

"Stalking is a form of mental assault, in which the perpetrator repeatedly, unwantedly, and disruptively breaks into the life-world of the victim, with whom he has no relationship (or no longer has), with motives that are directly or indirectly traceable to the affective sphere. Moreover, the separated acts that make up the intrusion cannot by themselves cause the mental abuse, but do taken together (cumulative effect)."[2]

CyberAngels has written about how to identify cyberstalking:

When identifying cyberstalking "in the field," and particularly when considering whether to report it to any kind of legal authority, the following features or combination of features can be considered to characterize a true stalking situation: malice, premeditation, repetition, distress, obsession, vendetta, no legitimate purpose, personally directed, disregarded warnings to stop, harassment, and threats.[3]

A number of key factors have been identified:

False accusations. Many cyberstalkers try to damage the reputation of their victim and turn other people against them. They post false information about them on websites. They may set up their own websites, blogs or user pages for this purpose. They post allegations about the victim to newsgroups, chat rooms or other sites that allow public contributions, such as Wikipedia or[4]
Attempts to gather information about the victim. Cyberstalkers may approach their victim's friends, family and work colleagues to obtain personal information. They may advertise for information on the Internet, or hire a private detective. They often will monitor the victim's online activities and attempt to trace their IP address in an effort to gather more information about their victims. [5]
Encouraging others to harass the victim. Many cyberstalkers try to involve third parties in the harassment. They may claim the victim has harmed the stalker or his/her family in some way, or may post the victim's name and telephone number in order to encourage others to join the pursuit.
False victimization. The cyberstalker will claim that the victim is harassing him/her. Bocij writes that this phenomenon has been noted in a number of well-known cases.
Attacks on data and equipment. They may try to damage the victim's computer by sending viruses.
Ordering goods and services. They order items or subscribe to magazines in the victim's name. These often involve subscriptions to pornography or ordering sex toys then having them delivered to the victim's workplace.
Arranging to meet. Young people face a particularly high risk of having cyberstalkers try to set up meetings between them.[6]
Cyberstalkers meet or target their victims by using search engines, online forums, bulletin and discussion boards, chat rooms, and more recently, through online communities such as MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Friendster and Indymedia, a media outlet known for self-publishing. They may engage in live chat harassment or flaming or they may send electronic viruses and unsolicited e-mails. [7] Victims of cyberstalking may not even know that they are being stalked. Cyberstalkers may research individuals to feed their obsessions and curiosity. Conversely, the acts of cyberstalkers may become more intense, such as repeatedly instant messaging their targets. [8]

More commonly they will post defamatory or derogatory statements about their stalking target on web pages, message boards and in guest books designed to get a reaction or response from their victim, thereby initiating contact. [7] In some cases, they have been known to create fake blogs in the name of the victim containing defamatory or pornographic content.

When prosecuted, many stalkers have unsuccessfully attempted to justify their behavior based on their use of public forums, as opposed to direct contact. Once they get a reaction from the victim, they will typically attempt to track or follow the victim's internet activity. Classic cyberstalking behavior includes the tracing of the victim's IP address in an attempt to verify their home or place of employment. [7]

Some cyberstalking situations do evolve into physical stalking, and a victim may experience abusive and excessive phone calls, vandalism, threatening or obscene mail, trespassing, and physical assault.[7] Moreover, many physical stalkers will use cyberstalking as another method of harassing their victims.[9][10]

A 2007 study, led by Paige Padgett from the University of Texas Health Science Center, found that there was a false degree of safety assumed by women looking for love online.[11][12]

Cyberstalking legislation
In the United States
The current US Federal Anti-Cyber-Stalking law is found at 47 USC sec. 223.[13]

The first U.S. cyberstalking law went into effect in 1999 in California. Other states include prohibition against cyberstalking in their harassment or stalking legislation. In Florida, HB 479 was introduced in 2003 to ban cyberstalking. This was signed into law on October 2003. [14]

Some states in the U.S. have begun to address the issue of cyberstalking:

Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, and New York have included prohibitions against harassing electronic, computer or e-mail communications in their harassment legislation.
Alaska, Florida, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and California, have incorporated electronically communicated statements as conduct constituting stalking in their anti-stalking laws.
Texas enacted the Stalking by Electronic Communications Act, 2001.
Missouri revised its state harassment statutes to include stalking and harassment by telephone and electronic communications (as well as cyber-bullying) after the Megan Meier suicide case of 2006.[15]
A few states have both stalking and harassment statutes that c

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Nov 22 @ 11:32PM  
Oooh, I'm gonna use it as a "how to" guide!

Nov 22 @ 11:34PM  
think this is what the FBI was referring to?

Nov 22 @ 11:42PM  
Select..........I'm going to leave your comment. But I find it rather ironic that you were just wagging your little fingers in all our faces for dealing with trolls the way we were. I suggest a viable solution for dealing with people that make serious threats online and here you come with a smartass comment.

Nov 22 @ 11:46PM  
Preach it, Sistah.

Nov 22 @ 11:54PM  
It should be noted that anyone being stalked, threatened etc. should be sure to do a print screen and save all blogs, emails conversations etc in which they were threatened, stalked, harrassed etc. Contact law enforcement to request information from the web moderators or site admin. They can subpoena or request IP addresses and any identifying information on the perpretrator that is registered with the site. While for many years it was much easier for folks to intimidate and threaten online, it now is a much more easily prosecutable crime with stiff penalties being imposed.

Nov 22 @ 11:57PM  
It's called a sense of humor, try getting one.

Nov 22 @ 11:59PM  
Whatever, I'll get a sense of humor when you grow a backbone?? Deal?????

Nov 23 @ 12:03AM  
Nah, I won't be so incredibly stupid as to feed the trolls
and encourage them so you just go ahead and keep

being a mean nasty bitch.

Nov 23 @ 12:07AM  
well Christ in a side car .... aint this some shit??? cant keep the peace in a blog bout keepin the peace

Nov 23 @ 12:07AM  
Little preacher man, and I use the term man quite loosely, why don't you go back to your little corner of the room and post your little one liner no brainer blogs that are about as scintillating as a root canal or awe inspiring as raw sewage. You seem to do your best work when you sit back and preach and nag like a shrew and whine that everyone is upsetting you. So just back up out of the way, and let the mean nasty bitch do the work for you.

Nov 23 @ 12:17AM  
And one more thing, Selectusername case your wondering why you can't comment on this blog anymore........simple, I blocked your ass. Mean nasty bitch blog........mean nasty bitch rules. Don't worry I'll have no problems staying off yours too, not that you ever post anything I care to comment on anyway.

Nov 23 @ 1:35AM  
aint this some shit??? cant keep the peace in a blog bout keepin the peace

Ain't that the truth???

Nov 23 @ 2:21AM  
and up jumped the fucking rooster !!! This blog is not feeding the troll but the bitching at one another is the result of the troll as a win unless ya'll just can't stand each other. In reality there needs to be a stopping point to what Satan, troll, fuck head, or whatever he calls himself is saying. Thanks for putting this info out LBS..

Nov 23 @ 2:52AM  
Thanks for the information Ms.Boots...

In Canada cyber stalking falls under Criminal Harrassment and is usually a five year term in the federal penitentiary. From what I have read this last week...I have counted two people who could be prosectuted under Canadian law, not sure about Federal law in the states. Hopefully someone on this site is able to bring charges against these two individuals...certainly there is enough evidence to prosecute.

Nov 23 @ 3:09AM  
Thanks for the info Lady.

Nov 23 @ 4:53AM  
Damn....How did I Miss this? Oh ...I was Sleeping!!!!

keep being a mean nasty bitch.
Yes Plz do...Thats what turns me On!!!

Thanks for the Info lady!!!!

Nov 23 @ 9:05AM  
Thank you for posting this LBS

Nov 23 @ 5:31PM  
so you just go ahead and keep

being a mean nasty bitch.

Whoa!!! LBS is NOT a "mean nasty bitch"!

Nov 26 @ 9:48PM  
Nah, I won't be so incredibly stupid as to feed the trolls
and encourage them so you just go ahead and keep

being a mean nasty bitch.

and to think she told me she was MS BITCH

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